Ettore Bugatti Biography
(Automobile Designer, Founder and Proprietor of the Automobile Manufacturing Company ‘Automobiles E. Bugatti’)
Birthday: September 15, 1881 (Virgo)
Born In: Milan, Italy
Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti was an Italian born French automobile designer, best remembered as the builder of racing and luxury cars such as Bugatti Type 13, Bugatti Type 35 and Bugatti Type 41. Born into an artistic family in Milan, he started his career as an apprentice at a cycle manufacturing company, where he developed his first prototype. However, it was his second prototype, which got him a job at Lorraine-Dietrich car factory in Alsace. Here he continued with designing cars, eventually opening his own company, Automobiles E. Bugatti, in Molsheim at the age of twenty-eight. At twenty-nine, he designed Bugatti Type 13, but had to wait until four more years before he could introduce it, winning the Brescia Grand Prix with it seven years later. Apart from automobiles, he also designed airplane engines and railcars. Unfortunately, German occupation of France ruined his company and he died in France at age of sixty-five.